Martha Maria Valdez Hagan
Martha (Marty) Maria Valdez Hagan was called home by her Lord and Savior on June 18, 2023, surrounded by her family. She was born in Del Norte, Colo., on Nov. 23, 1942, the daughter of Abel Valdez and Teresa Pacifica Espinosa and sister to Marcella Gonzales Martinez.
She attended grade school in La Garita and Center, Colo., and graduated from Saint Joseph Catholic High School in 1962 in Denver, Colo. She married Frankie Dean Hagan on April 14, 1967, in Carson City, Nev. They had a daughter, LaDonna. Over the years, Martha welcomed her grandchildren Brittany (Cameron), Amber (Kyle), and Joshua (Selena), 10 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandbaby. She retired from the Phone Company and was a longtime resident of Thornton, Colo.
She was preceded in death by her parents Abel, Teresa, and her sister Marcella.
She was a devoted Christian who loved Jesus with her whole heart. Letting the Holy Spirit work through her in both word and deed. Through example she shared her genuine faith with all of her children and had compassion for many. She spent her life working hard, and loving deeply, while always caring for her family, friends, and anyone who was in need.
You would find her cleaning houses, helping neighbors, and shoveling snow, all of which she was exceptional. She loved to be outside doing yard work in her beautiful yard, playing Yahtzee, Scrabble, and card games. She shared many stories about her life themed mostly around, fishing, raising sheep, picking potatoes, riding horses, shooting guns, finding arrowheads in the creek beds, playing pool, and all the silly things that had happened to her throughout her life that made her laugh.
She was always moving but never moved too fast or got too busy that she would miss the beauty in the world. She made sure that each of those she raised got to experience joy and always thanked the Lord for each new day, and the countless blessings He bestowed upon her.
Services will be held on Thursday, July 20, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Parish at 11385 Grant Drive, Northglenn, CO 80233. A rosary will be held at 10:30 a.m. followed by a funeral mass at 11 a.m. and a reception at 12 p.m., food will be provided.
Burial services will be held in Del Norte, Colo., in the Del Norte Cemetery located at 18844 County Rd. 15, Del Norte, CO. Date and time to be determined.